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Pedestrians in China face $10 fine for checking phones while crossing the road

Pedestrians who use their mobile phones while crossing the road in eastern China could face a fine of up to 50 yuan (S$10), according to Chinese state media. The People’s Congress of Jiaxing in Zhejiang province, the city’s legislature, banned people from browsing on handheld electronic devices such mobile phones or “frolicking” [playing] on zebra […]

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Rats trained to drive tiny cars find it relaxing, scientists report

Sometimes life really can be a rat race. Scientists have reported successfully training the rodents to drive tiny cars in exchange for tasty bits of Froot Loops cereal, and found that learning the task lowered their stress levels. The study not only advances our understanding of how sophisticated rat brains are, but could one day […]

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WeWork’s new chairman defends payouts to founder, says company will survive

WeWork’s new Executive Chairman Marcelo Claure on Wednesday defended huge payouts to the office-sharing company’s founder Adam Neumann and said there is now “zero risk of the company going bankrupt,” according to an audio recording of a meeting he held with employees that was reviewed by Reuters. The meeting took place a day after WeWork’s […]

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Chinese e-commerce platforms block Houston Rockets’ merchandise

China’s leading e-commerce platforms, including Alibaba’s Taobao, JD.com and Pinduoduo, have blocked products related to US basketball team the Houston Rockets, whose general manager Daryl Morey on Friday posted a now-deleted tweet that indicated support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Online searches for Houston Rockets merchandise on the platforms turned up a message […]

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2 thumbs up – or is it 4? Odd lemur has evolved extra ‘finger’

For a strange little lemur native to Madagascar that boasts one of the most unusual hands in the animal kingdom, a “high five” is more like a “trick six.” Scientists have discovered that this nocturnal tree dweller, called an aye-aye, possesses an anatomical structure that serves as an extra thumb to go along with its […]

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Fitbit to shift production out of China from January

Fitbit Inc will manufacture all its trackers and smartwatches outside China from January, the wearable device maker said on Wednesday, the latest US company looking to insulate itself from tariffs. The company said it began exploring alternatives to China in 2018 as Washington and Beijing engaged in a tit-for-tat tariff war that has upended global supply […]

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‘Global ring’ involved in smuggling 39 people found dead in UK truck, court told

CHELMSFORD, England – A court heard on Monday (Oct 28) that a global ring had been involved in smuggling the 39 people whose bodies were found in a truck near London, as the driver faced charges of manslaughter and people-trafficking. The discovery of the bodies last week in a refrigerated truck on an industrial estate […]

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British man has foot bitten off, another hurt in Australian shark attack

SYDNEY – A British man had his foot bitten off and another was injured in a shark attack off Australia’s north-east coast, emergency officials in Queensland state said. The pair of tourists were on a snorkelling tour near Airlie Beach in the popular Whitsunday Passage region when they were attacked. They were flown by helicopter […]

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Crooning customers get free rides in Ukraine’s karaoke cab

VINNYTSIA, Ukraine – A Ukrainian taxi driver is offering his passengers rides for a song, by refunding their bill if they appear on his YouTube channel performing their favourite tunes. Andriy Turko has fitted a karaoke system in his cab in a drive to discover new musical talent in his home city of Vinnytsia. Anyone […]

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